I believe my hard drive has died completely. All attempts at rebooting with CD or floppies fail, ending in a message that the hard drive must be reformatted. I'll spare you the anguish that would entail.
I'm open to further suggestions about getting the thing to boot, but I believe I've tried everything, except maybe recovery console, which I have no idea how to use and MS's guidance on the subject, as usual, assumes you wrote the book on their operating system.
My plan, then, is to replace the #2!X**&^!! drive with a new one, and hope some data retrieval specialist can salvage some data from the old one.
I have read good things about the Hitachi Deskstar 7K250, but being hardware challenged, I am not at all certain this will be an automatic fit (cables, connectors, sockets, what have you) with the Asus TUSI-M Socket 370 microATX motherboard in the machine. Are they all alike, meaning, are all internal hard drives supposed to work in any desktop PC, regardless of whether its a few years old? Or do the newer drives, this newer drive in particular, require a new machine?
If the Hitachi will not fit, can you suggest the best possible (most reliable) make/model that will?
I need to get this done as soon as possible, so please, if you can help, do so right away. I'd give a thousand points for a definitive answer quickly, but I guess 500's the max.
"I am but an egg."
--Stranger in a Strange Land